WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center has been named a "Distinctive Destination" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Black Cultural Center is the sixth location in Indiana to receive the designation.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation launched the program in October 2018, and since then there have been 207 recipients nationally. 

The center has launched a timeline exhibition that tells its own 50-year history through visuals and text. The center also sponsors several exhibitions, speakers, arts presentations, plays and festivals throughout the year.

“It is an honor to receive this designation,” said Renee Thomas, director of the Black Cultural Center, in a news release. “This acknowledgment highlights the educational and impactful work of the BCC. We encourage and welcome everyone to visit the center, as well as engage in the numerous activities sponsored by the center. The designation is important as we celebrate the Purdue Black Cultural Center’s 50th anniversary this year and continue to tell our story. The stories and places of African American culture and heritage have always existed, but too often have not been fully acknowledged for the integral role they play in the fabric of America.”